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House approves measure to ban vaping indoors

Senate has yet to act in committee on proposal

March 15, 2019 - 7:38 am

The Minnesota House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add vaping to the state's indoor smoking ban.

The vote was 100-25, in a move aimed partly at curbing the use of e-cgarettes among young people.

A spokesman for the Independent Vapor Retailers of Minnesota argues that second-hand vapors contain small amounts of chemicals, and because of that some studies show there is no risk to inhaling those vapors.

Under the House measure, e-cigarettes would be banned wherever tobacco smoking in currently not allowed.

The version of the bill in the Minnesota Senate reportedly has bi-partisan support, but has not had a hearing during the current legislative session.

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Here are the states that already have indoor vaping bans:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Vermont

The Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act was adopted in 1975 to ban smoking in areas were children, ill or injured are present.

The act was amended in 2007 to ban smoking in public places, making Minnesota the 17th state to create a statewide smoking ban. That list has more than doubled since then.

Here are the states without an indoor smoking ban:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming